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Jeep WranglerThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into two vehicles from the 2007-2008 model years: the Nissan Altima and Jeep Wrangler. The Altima has been the subject of 20 non-injury complaints regarding a loss of stopping power. The culprit is supposed to be a brake fluid leak which, if left unaddressed by drivers when the warning light "is ignored," decreases braking force. There are 440,000 Altimas included in the investigation. Nissan recalled 180,000 Sentras from the same model years for the same kind of leak.

There are also 220,000 Jeep Wranglers under investigation for non-deployment of drivers' airbags due to a failed electrical circuit. 29 non-injury complaints were received, and at least six of the Wranglers were found to have been right-hand-drive models.


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      Erik Tomlinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haha. "Warning light is ignored" leading to loss of braking power (which is obviously potentially dangerous). I call this "natural selection" - don't ignore the @$#% light, it's there for a reason!
      Susan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did I miss something here? The brake warning light goes on, driver ignores it, and braking power is diminished. Something in the logic trail eludes me. Can someone explain?
        Zweben
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Susan
        The problem is that the brake fluid leaks more often than it should. It's not a huge problem because the warning light does come on, but it's still not good to have leaky brake master cylinders.
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not only the 2007-08, My mom's Altima is 2010 and at 14K miles the brake and VSC sign came on. The diagnostic was low on brake fluid. Ohhh and the front brake pads had to be replaced at 15K miles at $250. WOW!! and we just moved from our trouble free VW to Nissan because Nissan was suppose to be trouble free and cheaper to maintain. The 15K service was $330. and oil change every 3K miles as opposed to 10K for VW. The car is 14 months old, and my mom here noises every where in the car. The muffler just colapse and they blame it on my mother over speed bumps, the same speed bumps that her Passat went through for 4 years. And now Toyota with their issues, are Japanese really that reliable as people say???
        Chris A.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        Interesting, given that Nissan seems to think that oil changes only need to be performed every 7,500 miles. Also, the 15k service only includes a cabin air filter replacement and a few inspections in addition to the oil change. No way it should have cost $330. Your mom isn't just going to the dealer and asking for a 15k service, is she? That's a recipe for being ripped off by any manufacturer. Get out the handy service and maintenance guide that Nissan includes with the car and only perform the listed services at the listed mileages.
      George
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't be true about Altima... What happen no one remembers the commercial Nissan put out saying they pioneered brake override.. So how can it then lose breaking force?
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @George
        Brake override has nothing to do with this. Brake override cuts the throttle when the brakes and throttle are engaged at the same time. It can't overcome a brake fluid leak.
      Anthony Guido
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still not recall for the death wobble on the Wrangler, eh?
      mikoprivat
      • 3 Years Ago
      tchya...what's a brake fluid leak, that won't stop me...pun intended